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Bellini: La Sonnambula
Vincenzo Bellini, Richard Bonynge, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
Bellini: La Sonnambula
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Vincenzo Bellini, Richard Bonynge, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Angelo Mercuriali, Fernando Corena, Giovanni Foiani, Joan Sutherland, Margreta Elkins, Nicola Monti, Sylvia Stahlman
Title: Bellini: La Sonnambula
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Label: Decca Import
Release Date: 7/29/1996
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 028944896626
 

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Breathtaking!
apj monrovia, ca | Monrovia, Ca United States | 08/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another testament why Sutherland is 'La stupenda.' Just listen to the final cabaletta "Ah! non giunge" and you'll be blown away. This is Sutherland a year (or 2?) after her triumph as 'Lucia.' Her second recording pales in comparison (although she has Pavarotti in that recording). Very secure coloratura singing, solid, tremendous voice in alt, and perfect portrayal of what I a young innocent maiden. This is THE 'Sonnambula' to get."
La Stupenda in her first Sonnambula !!!
Michel | Montreal, Quebec | 05/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Joan Sutherland recorded her first Sonnambula in 1962 when at her utmost
peak - for sheer tonal beauty and virtuosity her Amina is unlikely to be
equaled let alone surpassed and despite her mushy diction her portrayal
is full of gentle pathos and girlish charm. Nicola Monti has a light and
attractive voice and though he cannot go all way at the top he sings with
charm and elegance. Fernando Corena - better known in buffo roles - has
a big colorful voice and portrays a good-natured Count with a twinkle in
the eyes. Sylvia Stahlman and Margrete Elkins offer excellent support.
Chorus and orchestra under Richard Bonynge are splendid and this was the
first recording to offer the score complete. A classic !!!"
A Must Buy!
M. Jacobson | Duluth, MN USA | 07/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For some foolish reason, Decca has decided to discontinue the printing of this marvelous set. I recently searched high and low on the internet and found that this recording is available on several places other than Amazon.com. If you're looking for a fantastic Sonnambula recording, or are just a fan of great singing, I would do whatever it takes to get this set.

Why? Well we all know that nobody buys La Sonnambula looking for a gripping drama. Sonnambula has one of the dumbest plots ever created, even by opera's standards. Bellini, in this case, is purely about beautiful singing: bel canto, we'll call it. Also, nobody buys La Sonnambula based around the supporting cast. In this case, the tenor Monti does a more than adequate job in his few parts. And the other cast members? Well, who really cares?

So why does one buy La Sonnambula? Because it is an amazing showcase for a coloratura soprano. In this case, THE coloratura soprano: Dame Joan Sutherland. In this recording, we find Sutherland in incredible form. Her voice still has the amazing freshness of her legendary "Art of the Prima Donna". Also, her diction is surprisingly good, which is just the icing on the cake. I actually would buy this set based purely on the incredble Eb's that end "Sovra il sen" and Act I. They are out of this world. She holds and holds them; it is astonishing. Her dazzling coloratura technique is on full display in "Ah, non giunge" (alas, she doesn't go for a high F, but maybe that only happens in my operatic fantasies), and the young Sutherland is perfectly able to convey the sadness in Bellini's beautifuly melodious "Ah, non credea mirarti".

This set is about as perfect as it comes, and I've run out of positive adjectives to describe it. This was the first Sonnambula to be recorded without cuts, and it is quite refreshing to hear both verses of Lisa's aria.

I have nothing else to say. Do whatever you can to buy this set, you'll be glad you did."